If you’re going to start a conversation, be prepared. Keep it light and entertaining, keep your answers short and simple, because this is a casual dating or networking event. You need to know what questions will come up during the course of an evening — not just from other singles but from your date as well. It’s important that you have something interesting — funny, clever, witty — to say in response to these types of questions.
It may sound like a lot of work for such a short time frame (and it can be), but if you prepare for those situations ahead of time by planning how you’ll respond when they happen then there’s nothing compromising about being able to quickly think on your feet with snappy responses at the spur-of-the moment moments as they occur!